inward

adjective
in·​ward | \ ˈin-wərd How to pronounce inward (audio) \

Definition of inward

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : situated on the inside : inner
2a : of or relating to the mind or spirit inward peace
b : absorbed in one's own mental or spiritual life : introspective
3 : marked by close acquaintance : familiar
4 : directed toward the interior

inward

adverb
\ ˈin-wərd How to pronounce inward (audio) \
variants: or inwards \ ˈin-​wərdz How to pronounce inwards (audio) \

Definition of inward (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : toward the inside, center, or interior
2 : toward the inner being

inward

noun

Definition of inward (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something that is inward
2 inwards\ ˈin-​ərdz How to pronounce inwards (audio) , -​wərdz \ plural : innards

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inward

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of inward in a Sentence

Adjective moved towards the inward room for more privacy he's more inward with the president than most members of the cabinet Adverb The window faces inward toward the courtyard. He turned his attention inward.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Factions in Beijing – including Premier Li Keqiang and Xi himself – have long favored reform around IP and inward investment that would meet many U.S. demands. Washington Post, "The U.S. and China Are Living in Different Universes," 23 Sep. 2019 The inward flip of Liu's hair also warrants mentioning, thanks to the look's recent trendiness. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Lucy Liu Has Officially Joined the Bob Haircut Club," 18 Oct. 2019 Because the inward force generated by pressure remains the same, however, the wind near the ground streams into the fire tornado. Jason M. Forthofer, Scientific American, "Can Scientists Predict Fire Tornadoes?," 20 Nov. 2019 The gravitational force is inwards ... but the inward direction is in opposite directions for ingoing and outgoing streams. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wormhole," 27 Aug. 2019 The high cost of housing is now a barrier to inward investment, to emigrants returning with skills, to people hoping to start families and who want to move. New York Times, "Housing Crisis Grips Ireland a Decade After Property Bubble Burst," 8 Aug. 2019 An inward facing camera mounted on the dashboard captured the ride to the State Police post, and microphones picked up their conversation. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Malik McDowell's dreams crashed on his ATV: 'He's not the same person'," 28 July 2019 Economists often assume that a reduction in openness to trade will crimp long-term productivity growth, in part because specialisation is more difficult and in part because inward investment from abroad would be lower. The Economist, "Why predicting the impact of a no-deal Brexit is so hard," 25 July 2019 The generally accepted speed limit for black hole growth is called the Eddington rate, a balance between the outward force of radiation and the inward force of gravity. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?," 18 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb By Dexter Filkins on religion Christians concerned about Trumpism may need to turn their focus inward to counter the corrosive influence of Fox News and other forces permeating evangelical culture. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Parent as a Verb: I Love You," 23 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the most powerful nation in the world has turned inward. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Present at the Demolition," 14 Dec. 2019 Robbie is stronger than either of them in her heartbreaking depiction of a woman turning inward to survive the trauma inflicted upon her. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 Mr Abe, a tireless traveller, promotes open markets even as America turns inward. The Economist, "Japan’s prime minister breaks a record," 21 Nov. 2019 But in the later art, the criticism seems to turn inward and the emotions deepen. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Japanese ‘cult’ artist Tetsuya Ishida depicts Japan’s relentlessly conformism and technology’s control at Wrightwood 659," 13 Nov. 2019 The progressives’ inclination to turn inward, cut defense spending and unfurl massive social welfare programs risks allowing external challenges to grow unchecked. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019 As opposed to the rest of the home’s bright white, open spaces, the master bedroom turns inward with deep-mocha walls, furnished with pieces from Design Within Reach, Herman Miller, and more. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "15 bedroom decor ideas to steal now," 19 Aug. 2019 But time and accumulated hardship eventually force Jane to turn her anger inward, toward herself. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern heroine. A new ballet shows why.," 27 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On average the three outer giants flung planetesimals inwards, towards the sun. The Economist, "How the planets got their spots," 18 Dec. 2019 After 30 minutes, the main structural cross beams began to fail, and after two hours parts of the boat collapsed inwards. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Most of 95 people killed in Kiribati ferry disaster died from hunger, dehydration and hypothermia, inquiry finds," 9 Oct. 2019 Blow dry the hair smooth with a slight inward bend at the ends. Kristin Corpuz, Billboard, "Get The Look: How to Create Chic Hairstyles Like Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande & More For New Year's Eve," 23 Dec. 2019 And the walls of the house of study began to collapse inwards. National Geographic, "Episode 1: Digging up Disaster," 15 Oct. 2019 The gravitational force is inwards ... but the inward direction is in opposite directions for ingoing and outgoing streams. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Wormhole," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead, simply by turning all the drama inward, Chapter Two’s second trailer ramps up the scares. Aja Romano, Vox, "Watch: It Chapter Two returns with an eerie new trailer," 18 July 2019 Use painters tape, spend a little more on quality brushes, and fill in from the edges, painting inwards, to get the best results. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Paint a Wall Mural," 25 June 2019 Such satellites would likely be lost during the chaos-inducing inward migration undertaken by these giants after their formation, the thinking goes. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inward

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inward

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English inweard (akin to Old High German inwert), from in + -weard -ward entry 1

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The first known use of inward was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

26 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Inward.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inward. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for inward

inward

adjective
How to pronounce inward (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a person's mind or spirit
: directed or moving toward the inside of something

inward

adverb
How to pronounce inward (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inward (Entry 2 of 2)

: toward the inside of something
: toward the mind or spirit

inward

adjective
in·​ward | \ ˈin-wərd How to pronounce inward (audio) \

Kids Definition of inward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : toward the inside or center an inward curve
2 : of or concerning the mind or spirit He felt inward joy.

inward

adverb
variants: or inwards \ -​wərdz \

Kids Definition of inward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : toward the inside or center The door opens inward.
2 : toward the mind or spirit I turned my thoughts inward.

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